MN: Important clarifications arrive regarding the Leao, Sporting CP and Lille case

By Oliver Fisher -

Some further updates have arrived regarding the legal case involving Rafael Leao, Sporting CP and Lille after reports about the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling.

MilanNews reports that Leao will not have to pay anything to Sporting CP because he has had his €16.5m sentence overturned, and now it is Lille that owe the Portuguese side €20m. Milan are absolutely unrelated to the story as is the player, despite the earlier reports of a ‘joint’ payment thus involving the winger contributing some himself.

The second point to note is that Leao’s contract renewal with Milan is in no way implicated or linked to the affair and the negotiations between the parties are moving ahead towards a full agreement in the coming weeks, as Leao has repeatedly reiterated his desire to stay with the Rossoneri.

The report adds that the Lisbon-based club will have to pay Rafael Leao around 5,000 Swiss francs to pay the court costs incurred. The legal battle over compensation will go on in the civil offices provided and possibly in front of FIFA.

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